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Couple glues 60,000 pennies to bedroom floor
NBCChicago.com ^ | January 21, 2013 | Marcus Riley,

Posted on 02/02/2013 11:24:07 AM PST by BenLurkin

We'd been looking up options and were thinking about being green when I said we should just tile the floor in pennies," Lange, a entrepreneur and self-described design freak, says.

Belden wasn't completely on board at first, but before she could put her two cents in, the project off and running.

"I came home one day and found a small corner was done, so I thought 'I guess we're doing it,'" she recalled.

Thus began four months of painstaking work they dubbed "pennying," which involves laying down a special glue that acts like grout and individually placing the pennies heads up on the floor of the 380 square-foot room.

An estimated 59,670 pennies were used to completely cover the floor, which was then sanded down to a shiny copper sheen and cemented in with a clear coat as smooth as a sheet of glass. They spent close to $1,000 on the project, which made for a lot of trips back and forth to the bank for more pennies. And created more than a few odd glances from the tellers.

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TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: pennies; penny

1 posted on 02/02/2013 11:24:14 AM PST by BenLurkin
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1944 WWII 440 steel penny ....and a 1873 penny featuring an Indian head instead of Abraham Lincoln. Both pennies are worth enough money to pay for the project, but they also ended up on the floor.

And they wanted to be "green"

Hate to think how they vote......

2 posted on 02/02/2013 11:26:31 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Copper produces special healing powers. I read that somewhere. /sarc


3 posted on 02/02/2013 11:29:31 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: BenLurkin

Imagine combining the design with some heating coils. That would be yummy on a winter morning.


4 posted on 02/02/2013 11:31:45 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin

“1944 WWII 440 steel penny”

Hey! I have a couple of those in my old blue penny folders that I filled in the Fifties. Some of the SDVB pennies too. Are they really worth something?


5 posted on 02/02/2013 11:32:13 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds kinda cool really but I like brass and copper.


6 posted on 02/02/2013 11:33:39 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: unixfox

How do they expect the floor to turn green after they clear coated it? /s


7 posted on 02/02/2013 11:35:12 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: unixfox

Copper does have antibacterial properties.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 11:35:47 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

The floor looks very beautiful. I wonder if it will hold up under normal use or if the grout used will break up.


9 posted on 02/02/2013 11:37:28 AM PST by wintertime
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To: BenLurkin
1944 WWII 440 steel penny

Wait a minute - pennies were made of steel in 1943. A 1944 steel penny would be worth about $100,000.

10 posted on 02/02/2013 11:39:15 AM PST by Fido969
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To: BenLurkin

Spending months gluing coinage to the floor is “going green” exactly how?


11 posted on 02/02/2013 11:40:06 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: BenLurkin

Ah! Phooey! Mine are probably 1943 pennies. Gotta dig ‘em out and take a look.


12 posted on 02/02/2013 11:40:38 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mountainlion
How do they expect the floor to turn green after they clear coated it? /s

Not to mention that modern pennies are mainly nickel.

If they would have waited a couple of years, they could have used brand new Obam trillion dollar coins.

13 posted on 02/02/2013 11:42:27 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Some of the SDVB pennies too. Are they really worth something?

Joking? In even fair condition, they're worth a couple hundred, easy.

14 posted on 02/02/2013 11:45:13 AM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve read about people covering their floors with torn brown paper bags and then putting a protective coating on it. Those pennies are going to be bumpy and hard to clean.


15 posted on 02/02/2013 11:49:19 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SampleMan

Not to mention that modern pennies are mainly nickel.

If they would have waited a couple of years, they could have used brand new Obam trillion dollar coins.

Pennies after 1982 are made with a zinc core.


16 posted on 02/02/2013 11:53:07 AM PST by GraceG
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To: BenLurkin

1944 WWII 440 steel penny ....and a 1873 penny featuring an Indian head instead of Abraham Lincoln. Both pennies are worth enough money to pay for the project, but they also ended up on the floor.

And they wanted to be “green”

Hate to think how they vote......

Because most artists are dumb libs who get a F- in practical thinking.


17 posted on 02/02/2013 11:53:37 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Thanks! Time to search out the box they’re stored in. Maybe I won’t have to sell my SKB 800.


18 posted on 02/02/2013 11:54:07 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SampleMan
Spending months gluing coinage to the floor is “going green” exactly how?

My theory is that the idea arose in reaction to the expense of various flooring materials. At some point some one said, "It would be cheaper to use pennies." I think this is "green" by analogy with the use of recycled materials.

19 posted on 02/02/2013 12:02:49 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: BenLurkin; Slings and Arrows

"And then laffed when I asked for 10,000 marbles..."

20 posted on 02/02/2013 12:20:35 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BenLurkin

The 1944 steel penny isn’t worth much. Unless there was something real unique about the minting.


21 posted on 02/02/2013 12:23:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 1rudeboy; wintertime; Moonman62

It looks nice in the finished picture. After they put the glaze coat on top, it should be smooth and easy to clean.


22 posted on 02/02/2013 12:26:46 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: unixfox; Revolting cat!

It’ll certainly keep the slugs and snails out of their bedroom.


23 posted on 02/02/2013 12:28:29 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BenLurkin
When my dad passed away in 1976 he had a box of 1973 s pennies. I mean rolls and rolls of them mostly uncirculated. I looked them up in the new blue book and they don’t seem to be anything exciting there. Anyone know what’s up with them , why my dad thought they were worth holding on too???
24 posted on 02/02/2013 12:32:25 PM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: BenLurkin
I hope he did his homework before embarking on his project.
If some .gov type takes exception to the artist then it is a Federal crime to deface currency
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/historicallegislation.html

Quote:
“Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. The United States Secret Service web address is www.secretservice.gov.”

25 posted on 02/02/2013 12:40:22 PM PST by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: fish hawk

Don’t know of any variety (error or otherwise) from that year. They do have a lower mintage than your typical circulated penny and show at $.85 each in MS65 in this year’s red book. If they aren’t taking up too much space, you might as well hold onto them as long as you can stand. A quick look of completed listings on ebay shows them going for about $6 a roll currently.


26 posted on 02/02/2013 12:41:32 PM PST by ruiner
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To: fish hawk

Pennies were 95% copper, 5% zinc in 1973. Copper skyrocketed that year, doubling in price from fifty cents a pound to a dollar a pound. So, those pennies contain more copper than current pennies, I suspect. There was mich discussion at that time regarding what sort of change needed to be made, to make pennies economical once more.

You might want to check value on mint uncirculated 1973 Lincoln pennies again, too. I’ve seen fifteen to thirty-five cents cited as a value, for example:

http://cointrackers.com/coins/13669/1973-lincoln-penny/


27 posted on 02/02/2013 12:42:53 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: a fool in paradise

The 1944 steel penny isn’t worth much. Unless there was something real unique about the minting.”

Pennies were made out of steel in 1943. A few steel blanks were accidentally fed into the presses in 1944. They are extremely rare and worth much money.


28 posted on 02/02/2013 12:44:13 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: a fool in paradise
If by "real unique about the minting" you mean the fact it was minted and released into the money supply, then yes.

For 1943, you'd be correct as these are not all that rare. But in 1944, steel pennies were not intended for release, which is why they are quite rare.

See link

But if you are still not convinced and happen to have an authentic one lying around - let me know and I'll be happy to give you $20 and take it off your hands.

29 posted on 02/02/2013 12:46:00 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Polynikes

I’d say these are more “preserved”, than defaced.

Now when the next owner demos.....


30 posted on 02/02/2013 12:46:57 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SampleMan
If they would have waited a couple of years, they could have used brand new Obama trillion dollar coins.

LOL!! And the project will only cost about $3.00 in today's dollars!

31 posted on 02/02/2013 1:40:50 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: BenLurkin

Could you pave your floor with 25¢ pieces and call it your living quarters?


32 posted on 02/02/2013 2:11:51 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: unixfox

Copper produces special healing powers. I read that somewhere. /sarc


If you read it on the internet, it must be true!


33 posted on 02/02/2013 2:15:06 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Fair is a place you go to eat cotton candy and step in monkey poop)
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To: RegulatorCountry; ruiner

thank you both for the input. I saw the 35 cent thing in the blue book. I will just pass them down to my grand kids. Even though I have several rolls of new ones, that is not enough money for me to fool with at this time. Aloha


34 posted on 02/02/2013 2:36:32 PM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: BenLurkin

I pity these fools - as a young couple, we had much more fun with our floors ;~)


35 posted on 02/02/2013 3:07:39 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: Repeat Offender
If you look on Pinterest, you'll see LOTS of these floors. Heck just google "penny flooring". Very cool looking, but WHO has that much time on their hands? Months and months of work. And get this, some people are so anal-retentive that they turn every single penny heads side up.

As to the 1943 steel penny. I've got a couple, but they all seem to be pitch black. A 1944 would be extraordinarily valuable, as you said. This couple is stupid if they sealed that in their floor.

36 posted on 02/02/2013 5:36:51 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

yes, the steel pennies are worth more. but some are worth more than others because some years made fewer, and some are rare because of which mint produced them.


37 posted on 02/02/2013 5:41:42 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Repeat Offender
My dad used to collect every wheat back penny he got back in his change. One time he was rolling them up to sell to a coin dealer, who paid for "bulk collectable coins". I found a 1911-s and showed it to my dad. He looked it up and it was worth (IIRC) $30 in the late 70's.

He was quite happy.

38 posted on 02/02/2013 5:46:11 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: CrazyIvan

“Could you pave your floor with 25¢ pieces and call it your living quarters?”

Absolutely.

The peril would be in the girlfriend getting a reputation as a two-bit whore!


39 posted on 02/02/2013 6:00:43 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: BenLurkin
An estimated 59,670 pennies were used to completely cover the floor, which was then sanded down to a shiny copper sheen and cemented in with a clear coat as smooth as a sheet of glass. They spent close to $1,000 on the project,

$596.70, I presume!

which made for a lot of trips back and forth to the bank for more pennies. And created more than a few odd glances from the tellers.

Pfft. They couldn't just get another pickle jarful out of the closet?

40 posted on 02/02/2013 6:45:06 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: blam

ping.

Just thought this might interest you.


41 posted on 02/02/2013 6:55:49 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: BenLurkin

Penny related, but sorta, kinda off topic.

If you cut your own garden flowers (or buy a bouquet at the grocery store) throw a couple SHINY pennies in the vase. That tiny bit of copper will keep the water fresher than the pack of preservatives you get w/store bought flowers.


42 posted on 02/02/2013 7:05:23 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Mourning in America.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Great tip, and sounds like fun.

Thanks!


43 posted on 02/02/2013 7:06:36 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"Just thought this might interest you."

Neat...maybe I'll do mine in nickels.

44 posted on 02/02/2013 8:13:50 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Exactly.


45 posted on 02/02/2013 8:18:10 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: RansomOttawa

I was a little curious why they had to take so many trips back and forth to the bank. They could have, you know, just done the math and estimated how many pennies were needed based on the size of the room and a given penny. Heck, if they really wanted to be green they could have limited themselves to TWO trips maximum!


46 posted on 02/04/2013 7:32:12 AM PST by ruiner
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